my mother in law is going to sew me the dress for
my wedding next year.
I would like a short sleeved bodice,
a wide or A-type skirt,
either as a dress or in two parts.
Now I am looking for a good pattern for this
and also for material.
I’m living in Britain, where it is more difficult to get hold of good fabric.
I was thinking of silk dupioni.
Can anyone recommend a pattern or material, maybe
someone has used silk dupioni before.
It is easy to sew?
Thanks a lot,
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. May your marriage be wonderful.
I have used silk dupioni for several jackets and blouses. It is very nice to work with. It is sturdy, thin, not bulky, but yet strong, rather stiff, it will not drape well, it is easy to iron, it holds creases very well, it has no nap, and both sides of the fabric appear to be the same. My only caution is that it will water spot really bad. Be sure that you use a good steam iron that does NOT spit, spitting will cause water rings.
*Congratulations, Regina - how exciting! You have plenty of time to get organised with the pattern and fabric. Have you seen Butterick 5003? It's a two-piece that would work very well in silk dupioni. The short-sleeved fitted top has princess seams and interesting fastenings. The skirt can be straight and slim or pleated and flared; both would look really elegant. If you go to http://www.butterick.com, click on "shop" then search using the pattern number, you can see the pictures and sketches on the envelope. Hope that helps. Good luck and let us know what you decide. Julia (also in England).
*I am getting married in two months, and I have decided that my bridesmaids dresses would look less droopy if they wore some (not too stiff) crinolines underneath. I do not like the white ones that are available in bridal shops and would like to make the crinolines myself. Has anyone made crinolines and do you have any advice (for example, how many yards of netting is TOO much?). Please keep in mind that for the sake of my own sanity, I would like to keep this project SIMPLE! Thanks!
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